The Criminal Impulse in the Films of the Coen Brothers
How the Coens balance comedy and crime.
The Coen Brothers love to explore the world of bumbling criminals. Almost all of their crime-related films feature this type of character. However, of the many laughably incompetent bad guys in their films, the supremely menacing Anton Chigurh stands out as the antagonist of No Country For Old Men. This is a bad guy who is actually good at what he does, unlike the majority of the rest of the Coens’ creations. This video essay explores the crime undercurrent in the films of the greatest duo of filmmakers working today.